Farmville Addiction Can Cost You Money
There are a lot of Facebookers out there who are addicted to Farmville, that ever so quirky game where users build small communities in the form of farms. It's a social experiment dipped steeply in social media and is addicting.
Just as a 12-year-old UK boy who racked up £905 in FarmVille debt, £288 of that came from his savings. The rest of it — £625 — came from charging up his mother's credit card. The total haul was roughly $1,400 and it was billed over a two week period during a part of Farmville that allows users to spend real cash to get virtual money in order to buy items for their farm.
The in-game sales is big business as It’s a business as the game’s developer Zynga reports a market value up to $5 billion.
Requests from the mother for refunds were not considered legit from either Zynga or HSBC, the credit card company. According to HSBC, only funds are only eligible to be refunded if a criminal proceeding was pursued, which might result in the funds being reinstated.